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Barnstead NH News

August 20, 2014



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Atriuum on the Go


Want to know if a new release is available at your library? While you are at your favorite book store, use the Scan ISBN feature to capture the ISBN and instantly find out if that item is available at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library. Be sure to ask a staff member about this exciting App or search your app service for ‘Atriuum on the Go’.


Gathering on the Green

Come by and say hello to Sharon and Mark on Saturday, August 23rd during the ‘Gathering on the Green’ in Barnstead. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the library and it’s programs. 


Library Card Sign-Up Month!

September is ‘Library Card Sign-Up Month’ and we are now issuing individual cards to all our patrons. Children 6yrs and up can get a card with parent/guardian consent and teens 16 and older receive one with photo ID. So come on in and get your very own Oscar Foss Memorial Library card today!


Not sure if we are open? Just look for our new ‘Open’ flag out near South Barnstead Road. Please call the library (269-3900) or visit our website (oscarfoss.org) for more information about these or any of our other programs or events. There is always something happening at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library! Library Hours are: Monday; 2pm-8pm, Tuesday & Wednesday; 10am-5pm, Thursday; 5pm-8pm, Friday; 2pm-5pm, Saturday; 9am-Noon.



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Locke Lake Social Club is getting ready for its annual “monkey golf” on Saturday,  September 6th at 9:00am at the Colony’s  9 hole golf course.  Monkey golf is a fun-filled event for the not-so-serious golfers.  Teams are made up and  the winning team gets to keep the “monkey trophy” for the year!!!  At random, each player selects one club to be used throughout the game.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners at the pot luck supper that evening in the lodge at 6pm.  Registration fee for this good time is $5.00 and is returned in prizes.  This game is open to all residents of Locke Lake Colony and their guests.   Those interested, please call Ann at 603-393-7233.



Presentation On Local Military Hero Gen. Harrison Thyng


The Barnstead Historical Society will present a program on Barnstead’s military hero, Brigadier General Harrison R. Thyng, the evening of Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 7:00.  His son, Lt. Colonel James R. Thyng, will speak. Actual combat gun camera footage will be featured for both WWII and Korea.


General Thyng is one of only 7 US combat pilots who became Aces in two conflicts, flying propeller fighters in WWII followed by jet fighters in Korea, where he became known as the premier air combat commander of his time.


Harrison Thyng was born in Laconia, NH in 1918.  He grew up in Barnstead, was schooled in both Barnstead and Pittsfield, and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1939 with a Reserve Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps. 


As a First Lieutenant, he commanded the 309th Fighter Squadron and was shipped to England in 1942.  The British equipped his unit with Spitfires and “Harry” soon led the first American fighter raids out of England into France.  When he shot up a German FW-190, he entered the history books as the first American pilot in the Army Air Force to record a claim against the Luftwaffe.


His group was transferred to North Africa where it supported America’s first invasion into the war.  After 162 missions, and eight aerial victories, he returned to the States. He then trained the newly created 413th Long Range Fighter Group flying P-47Ns which escorted B-29’s on raids over Japan, Korea and China.  On one of his 22 missions, he observed the atomic bomb attack on Nagasaki.


Following WWII, General Thyng returned to war in 1951.  He was appointed Commander of the 4th Fighter Wing in Korea flying the F-86 Saber Jet against Russian, Chinese and North Korean pilots. On 20 May 1952, he became the 16th Ace of the Korean War.


He retired as a Brigadier General and, later, became the first president of what is now Daniel Webster College.  As a tribute to his bravery, skill, and dedication to his country a monument was erected in his memory in Pittsfield.


The Barnstead Historical Society meets in the Town Hall at Center Barnstead.  It is located at 108 South Barnstead Road (Route 126), Center Barnstead, NH.  For further information you can contact Ken Pitman, Barnstead Historical Society at rkpitman @aol.com or 603-269-5692.



Barnstead Firefighters Association 5K Road Race/Fun Walk


The Barnstead Firefighters Association is pleased to announce its 3rd annual  5K Road Race and Fun Walk to start at the Barnstead Parade grounds on August 23 at 9am.


The course is an “out and back” that follows the Suncook River from the Parade to the intersection with Rt. 126 and then returns to the Parade along the same route for the Finish.  The race course is USATF certified for accuracy and is considered flat and fast. Refreshments will follow the race along with a Fun Race for the Kids.  


There is also a team category-prizes will be awarded to the first team of four or more to finish.


Part of the proceeds from this year’s race are designated for the Jake Weber Scholarship Fund.  This fund will be used to assist with education costs to those interested in a career in Fire Safety or Emergency Medical Services.


Pre-registration is $17 and must be received by August 15, 2014. Registration forms are available at www.bfr06.com; Email: bfa5kroadrace@gmail.com or Call: 603-312-5648.  Online registration is also available at www.running4free.com.  Race Day Registration is $20.


Hope to see you at the races!



Gathering On The Green

Saturday, August 23, 2014


Barnstead Parade Grounds

We look forward to seeing friends on the greens.


Come and view lil’ Miss Witte, a 3 horse powered, 1911-1912 “headless” motor and her friends and the history that they hold.


See who Barnstead’s “Citizen of the Year” will be !


Also, there will be a variety of crafters: quilts, alpaca products, jewelry, 31 bags, embroidery, dolls, puzzles, prints, knitted items, baked food, garden decorations, crochet animals and bags, face painting, yard sale items and more ....


The Oscar Foss Memorial Library will have a book display and crafts for kids.


The Historicial Society will have a display, Jewett’s History Book will be available for purchase and a raffle. Earl Clark American Legion will be selling flags and Barnstead Weavers will be doing a demonstration. There will also be a horseshoe tournament to enjoy!


Food will be available for purchase by the great cooks of Corinthian Lodge.


Please come and support these talented people, bring a chair and enjoy visiting with old friends and new.


The gathering is sponored by : The Barnstead Parade Church



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